The Migration of Symbols

Goblet d’Alviella


The Migration of Symbols, by Goblet d’Alviella - click to see full size image

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Originally published in 1891 in French, this book covers a huge web of interchangeable symbols, which are found over a wide range of cultures through the Near East, India, Europe, and further abroad, notably in Mesoamerica. The author attempts to explain the widespread use of symbols such as the Swastika, the Tree of Life, the Winged Globe, the Trident and the Caduceus. The author demonstrates that the same symbol can have different interpretations in different cultures and at different times. Such is the case with the swastika, which today is obviously associated with absolute evil, but which has been used historically as a symbol of the Sun's yearly path, and regarded as a good-luck symbol, even to this day, in the far East.

This book has 254 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1910.

Production notes: This ebook of The Migration of Symbols was published by Global Grey in 2018.

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